The Montane Traverse Trail – all the way to Harvey Heights – is in amazing shape. Super dry and fast. About a 2 – 3 hour ride, depending on your fitness, rated intermediate to advanced, the trail is a x-country ride. Physically it is demanding, as there is a lot of up, but you are rewarded with some fabulous views of the Rundle Mountain Range.

It was an awesome day out. The sun was shining and the temperature hovered around 4 degrees.  I was surprised how quiet the trail was, but I suspect most people are gearing up for the ski season and have now stored their bikes away. All in all, an amazing ride for this time of year.

Happy Trails!

For more trail information, visit: www.bikepirate.com

 …yet we’re riding!

The mountain bike trail conditions remain good in the Bow Valley. It’s cold out there and the ground is frozen, but the riding is still pretty sweet. Took another spin around the Orange Loop (Nordic Centre), second time out on it in a week, and had a blast. The conditions were much dryer since my ride on Monday, which made for a really fast and flowy loop. If you’re not afraid of the cold, get out there and ride before the snow comes …which I’m hoping will arrive soon, as we could all use a nice pow day!

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Darkness comes quick …now that we’re heading into winter. I took a spin on Orange Loop at the Nordic Centre tonight – the lower part entering from Banff Trail. The trail was wet and slick throughout, but still made for a super fun ride. It gets dark quick, so make sure you grab your headlamps, just in case you get stuck out there past dusk.

Overall, the trails around the Bow Valley, specifically in Canmore, continue to be in great shape. I suggest bundling up, grabbing a head lamp and heading out if you love to ride as much as I do. It’s amazing that we’re still riding in November.

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It’s that time of year again when the days turn cold, short and snowy. Although, looking outside over the last few days, one would wonder if we’re actually in November? It looks more like early fall.

The temperatures soared again this week and made for some great riding, if you were one of the lucky few who could get out during the day for a spin. For those of us working a 9-5pm, it’s definitely getting harder to put in any sort of peddle after work due to the shortage of day light. Therefore, as we wrap up the season, and there becomes less to report on with regards to trail conditions, I’ve decided to provide you with information about trails in general over the course of the winter. I don’t expect to be blogging a whole lot over the cold months, but as I notice articles and/or information about places to ride and trails to see, I’ll post it here for your reading enjoyment.  Here is one for those mountain bikers living in Jasper:

The Fitzhugh – Blazing trails in Jasper
Recreationalists got a lesson in trail building and design when the International Mountain Bike Association’s (IMBA) Canadian Trail Care Crew visited Jasper more

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Great day of riding Soft Yogurt. The sun was shining and the temperatures were bearable, so we all decided to head up to the Nordic Centre for a few laps down Soft Yogurt. We had an awesome time on the pump track. The trail is in amazing condition and beautifully worn in after a seeing a season of mountain bike traffic. I’m sure this may be the last weekend on the bike, before it’s time to trade the two wheels for skis and/or a board; so we’re all trying to make the best of it.

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Took a spin down Mosquito Bite tonight – it was cold out, but okay once I bundled up – and to my surprise found another well built stunt added to the trail. This one is a double suspended bridge and it’s super fun to ride; a nice little feature that adds to the trail and ties it together real nice. Great work mystery builders, keep it up!

Current trail conditions: Super hard packed and dry. The winter is quickly approaching so get out while you still can. The trails in and around the Bow Valley won’t be rideable for much longer.

Happy Trails!

  

I had a great spin down Reclaimer; taking advantage of the good weather before the forecasted nasty weather moves in.The trail is in great shape after receiving a bit of rain last night, which made it super tacky. The bermed corners are super smooth and fast.

Trailhead and Maps: Click here

Happy Trails!